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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The recent Floods and Land Slides in Uttarakhand in India are more of an Industrial Disaster than a Natural Disaster.

This catastrophe is a consequence of World Bank funded Dam Industry.....Hundreds of Dams and Hydro Electric Projects are being constructed in the fragile mountain range.

This calamity is a consequence of unchecked activities of Construction Industry, Logging Industry, Mining Industry and Tourism Industry.

**Development is Destruction.....Development is Destruction.**

**Growth Rate** - **Economy Rate** - **GDP**....These are figures of Ecocide....These are figures of "Crimes against Nature"....These are figures of "Destruction of Ecosystems".....These are figures of "Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality".

Politicians who promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.

Economists who promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.

IMF and World Bank which promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.

Rating Agencies which promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.

Industrialists who promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.

All people and Institutions that promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.
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Industrial Nations are used to threatening their adversaries with Military Might and Nuclear Weapons.

How are they going to deal with Climate which is getting more and more extreme day by day???

Are they going to nuke Hurricanes and Tornadoes too???

Are they going to nuke Droughts and Floods too???

The west used to think droughts and floods are problems of Asia, Africa and poor countries of the world....They are now occurring in the west too.

The day is not far when Agriculture will collapse worldwide due to extreme and irregular weather.

What is man going to eat???.....He has already decimated fish in the oceans.
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Progress, Growth, Development.....This is terminology for all unnecessary and destructive work being done by Urban Population.

Growth Rate - Economy Rate - GDP......These are figures for all unnecessary and destructive work being done by Urban Population.

If Urban Society stops its supplies to Rural Society it will live forever.

If Rural Society stops its supplies to Urban Society it will die within a month.

That is the worth of Urban Work, Consumer Goods, Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP in this world.
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The planet is dying.....It is gasping for last breath.

Radical Actions are needed.

Industrial Activity for production of thousands of consumer goods and services must stop immediately.

Cities are the Graveyards of Nature, Urban Dwellers the Executioners.
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Stop Education.....Close Down Universities.

Stop Urban Work.....Close Down the Cities.

Do it Now.

A few years later would be too late.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CIA Backs $630,000 Scientific Study on Controlling Global Climate
Dana Liebelson and Chris Mooney | Wed Jul. 17, 2013 | Mother Jones


Do we really want/need these creeps screwing around with our environment? Conspiracy theorists, rejoice!

'The Central Intelligence Agency is funding a scientific study that will investigate whether humans could use geoengineering to alter Earth's environment and stop climate change. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will run the 21-month project, which is the first NAS geoengineering study financially supported by an intelligence agency. With the spooks' money, scientists will study how humans might influence weather patterns, assess the potential dangers of messing with the climate, and investigate possible national security implications of geoengineering attempts.

The total cost of the project is $630,000, which NAS is splitting with the CIA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA. The NAS website says that "the US intelligence community" is funding the project, and William Kearney, a spokesman for NAS, told Mother Jones that phrase refers to the CIA. Edward Price, a spokesman for the CIA, refused to confirm the agency's role in the study, but said, "It's natural that on a subject like climate change the Agency would work with scientists to better understand the phenomenon and its implications on national security." The CIA reportedly closed its research center on climate change and national security last year, after GOP members of Congress argued that the CIA shouldn't be looking at climate change.

The goal of the CIA-backed NAS study is to conduct a "technical evaluation of a limited number of proposed geoengineering techniques," according to the NAS website. Scientists will attempt to determine which geoengineering techniques are feasible and try to evaluate the impacts and risks of each (including "national security concerns"). One proposed geoengineering method the study will look at is solar radiation management—a fancy term for pumping particles into the stratosphere to reflect incoming sunlight away from the planet. In theory, solar radiation management could lead to a global cooling trend that might reverse, or at least slow down, global warming. The study will also investigate proposals for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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Read about previous mental gymnasts trying to save us:

See: Project StormFury

See: PLanktos

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See: Largest Ionoshperic Heater

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BP reneges on claims as environmental devastation persists in Gulf of Mexico
Tom Hall | 14 August 2013 | WSW


'Energy giant BP is continuing its fight in court against billions of dollars worth of claims related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In its latest action, the company has filed a suit in federal court accusing the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of improperly halting contracts with the company last year.

The environmental and social impact of the 2010 explosion and spill, which resulted in 11 deaths and the release of 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, has been for the most part dropped, even by local media. But the environmental damage persists as cleanup efforts have been largely called off. In June, BP announced it would cease clean up efforts outside of Louisiana.

Occasionally media reports appear which confirm what everyone living along the coastline already knows. One such report on CNN's website, for example, paints a picture of environmental devastation.
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BP asks appeals court to throw out oil spill settlement
Tom Hall | 3 September 2013 | WSW


'Oil giant British Petroleum (BP) asked a federal appeals court on Friday to dispense with the entirety of the multibillion-dollar claims settlement arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico if it loses a separate appeal demanding revision to an earlier ruling on the claims process, which the company argues has led to potentially billions of dollars of “fraudulent” claims.

Last year, BP joined plaintiffs in asking that US District Judge Carl Barbier approve the final claims settlement. However, BP subsequently opposed Barbier’s interpretations of the settlement terms, and has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Barbier’s rulings.

Barbier, the judge in charge of overseeing the settlement fund, handed down a March 5 decision upholding the claims process. Barbier stated that “Objective formulas, the possibility of ‘false positives,’ and giving claimants flexibility to choose the most favorable time periods are all consequences BP accepted when it decided to buy peace through a global, class-wide resolution.”

If the 5th Circuit Court upholds Barbier’s ruling, “then the settlement would be rendered wholly unfair, irrational, and constitutionally suspect,” BP lawyers claim, in which case BP demands that the entire settlement be scrapped.

BP, facing lower-than-expected profits from its international operations, and with only $300 million left in the escrow fund set aside for spill-related costs, has in recent months decided to play hardball with the claims settlement process that it formerly accepted. The company recently revised its estimate of the total cost of the spill settlement to $9.6 billion, up from $7.8 billion, while warning that the ultimate cost could be higher. By comparison, the company made more than $11 billion in profits in 2012.
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Violent Behavior Linked to Nutritional Defiencies
Kimberly Hartke | 03 September 2013 | Weston A Price Foundation


'Deficiencies of vitamins A, D, K, B1, B3, B6, B12 and folate, and of minerals iodine, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium and manganese can all contribute to mental instability and violent behavior, according to a report published in the Spring 2013 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

The article, "Violent Behavior: A Solution in Plain Sight" by Sylvia Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN, seeks reasons for the increase in violent behavior in America, especially among teenagers. “We can blame violence on the media and on the breakdown of the home,” says Onusic, “but the fact is that a large number of Americans (and others), living mostly on devitalized processed food, are suffering from malnutrition. In many cases, this means their brains are starving.” In fact, doctors are seeing a return of nutritional deficiency diseases such as scurvy and pellagra, which were declared eradicated long ago by public health officials. Many of these conditions cause brain injuries as well. Symptoms of pellagra, for example, include anxiety, hyperactivity, depression, fatigue, headache, insomnia and hallucinations. Pellagra is a disease caused by deficiency of vitamin B3. Zinc deficiency is linked with angry, aggressive, and hostile behaviors that result in violence. The best dietary sources of zinc are red meat and shellfish. Leaky gut and gluten sensitivities may exacerbate nutrient deficiencies. Gluten intolerance is strongly linked with schizophrenia.'

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bees are dying by the billions, but that's OK, you don't really need to be concerned about it unless you eat food.


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Video: Silence of the Bees


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WWF condemns oil search in Africa's oldest national park
AFP Staff Writers | Apr 14, 2014 | Terra Daily


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Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa.

The wildlife charity claims that Soco International's oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo put "people, animals and habitats at risk" and violate international guidelines issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in a complaint to that organisation.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air pollution leading cause of cancer, World Health Organisation warns
Friday, 18 October, 2013 | South China Morning Post


Breathing ruled more dangerous than passive smoking, with risk highest in places like China

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The World Health Organisation has classified outdoor air pollution as a leading cause of cancer.

"The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances. We consider this to be the most important environmental carcinogen, more so than passive smoking," said Kurt Straif, head of the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The agency evaluates cancer-causing substances.

Previously, air pollution had been found to boost the chances of heart and respiratory diseases and the agency had deemed some of the components in air pollution, such as diesel fumes, to be carcinogens. But this is the first time it has classified air pollution in its entirety as causing cancer. Straif said the risk to the individual was low, but the main sources of pollution were widespread, including transport, power plants and industrial and agricultural emissions. Research suggests that in recent years, exposure levels have risen significantly in some parts of the world, particularly countries with large populations going through rapid industrialisation such as China.

The most recent data, from 2010, showed that 223,000 lung cancer deaths worldwide were the result of air pollution.

A recent study commissioned by Greenpeace found air quality is taking a heavy toll in Hong Kong. It linked 3,600 deaths and 4,000 cases of child asthma in 2011 alone to pollution from 96 coal-fired power plants in Guangdong and Hong Kong.

The expert panel's classification was made after scientists analysed more than 1,000 studies worldwide and concluded there was enough evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spain Considers Release Of Genetically Modified Fruit Flies, Controversy Simmers
Cameron Scott | 11/24/13 | Singularity Hub


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Medical uses of genetic technology are well received. But agricultural uses are a different story, generating controversy at every turn.

In the United States, where genetically modified strains dominate the most common crops, fights have turned to whether foods that contain those foods should have to be labeled. In Europe, strict rules have kept GM crops almost entirely out.

But the use of genetically modified insects presents a third use case, where public opinion remains unformed. Insects, generally modified not to be able to breed effectively, have been considered as a way to fight malaria. They are now being considered in Europe as a way to prune the population of olive fruit flies, a pest that threatens one of the continent’s most lucrative crops. Olive fly infestation can make table olives unsellable and degrades the quality of olive oil. The bugs are increasingly resistant to pesticides.

The British company Oxitec has asked for permission to release in Spain bugs it has genetically engineered to sabotage their communities. If approved, it would be the first outdoor trial of a GM insect in the EU.

The Oxitec flies are males that, when they mate with the naturally occurring females, will pass on a gene that causes females to die as larva. Male offspring will survive and go on to pass the same deadly flaw on to the next generation of female flies. In this way, the company says, the population of the crop-ruining pests will be slashed. In a 2012 study, Oxitec researchers were able to eliminate unmodified flies in less than two months. But the findings noted that “field confirmation is required.” That’s what Oxitec is hoping to get in Spain.

The experiment sounds relatively harmless since the genetically engineered fruit flies will, by design, die out. They are unlikely to escape human control. (That may sound like a dystopian fantasy out of a Margaret Atwood novel, but it happened earlier this year, when a long-banned strain of genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon.) But the animals would die in the larval stage inside the olives. Left, inside the fruit, would likely end up in the food supply.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems plausible. Perhaps we should ask the bees if this is effecting their numbers worldwide.

WiFi Signals Could be Killing House Plants (Us)
Sarah Weber on December 16, 2013 | The Daily Dot


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Are you slowly killing your houseplants? Probably! But there might be a reason (other than neglect) why they’re all yellow and wilty: your Wi-Fi router.

An experiment by a handful of high school students in Denmark has sparked some serious international interest in the scientific community.

Five ninth-grade girls at Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark, noticed they had trouble concentrating after sleeping with their mobile phones at their bedsides. They tried to figure out why. The school obviously doesn’t have the equipment to test human brain waves, so the girls decided to do a more rudimentary experiment.

They placed six trays of garden cress seeds next to Wi-Fi routers that emitted roughly the same microwave radiation as a mobile phone. Then they placed six more trays of seeds in a separate room without routers. The girls controlled both environments for room temperature, sunlight and water.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Distinguishing between yield advances and yield plateaus in historical crop production trends
Patricio Grassini, Kent M. Eskridge & Kenneth G. Cassman | 17 December 2013 | Nature


Industrial agriculture could be hitting fundamental limits in its capacity to produce sufficient crops to feed an expanding global population according to new research published in Nature Communications.

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Food security and land required for food production largely depend on rate of yield gain of major cereal crops. Previous projections of food security are often more optimistic than what historical yield trends would support. Many econometric projections of future food production assume compound rates of yield gain, which are not consistent with historical yield trends. Here we provide a framework to characterize past yield trends and show that linear trajectories adequately describe past yield trends, which means the relative rate of gain decreases over time. Furthermore, there is evidence of yield plateaus or abrupt decreases in rate of yield gain, including rice in eastern Asia and wheat in northwest Europe, which account for 31% of total global rice, wheat and maize production. Estimating future food production capacity would benefit from an analysis of past crop yield trends based on a robust statistical analysis framework that evaluates historical yield trajectories and plateaus.

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The first decade of the new millennium saw an abrupt reversal of long-term trends in declining grain prices since the onset of the green revolution in the mid-1960s, and an increase in expansion of land area used for crop production. Whether this recent expansion in crop area is transitory or permanent will depend in large part on trajectories in grain and oilseed prices, which in turn depend on trends in crop yields. Estimating these trends with a high degree of confidence is therefore essential to inform development of appropriate agricultural policies and priorities for agricultural research to ensure future food security and minimize conversion of carbon-rich and biodiverse natural ecosystems to cropland, which contributes substantially to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and climate forcing1, 2, 3. In fact, agricultural production, including indirect emissions associated with land-use change, accounts for 15–25% of the total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions4, 5. Hence, a critical question is whether current yield trajectories are adequate to achieve the needed production increases on existing farmland because econometric projections of grain prices and land use change are highly sensitive to underpinning assumptions about future crop yield increases.

Here, by applying a robust, statistical framework to evaluate historical yield trends of major crop-producing countries since 1965, we find that all trends can be described by linear functions with or without an abrupt decrease in rate of gain or an upper yield plateau. We conclude that estimates of future crop production and land use must consider both historical yield trends and biophysical yield ceilings to improve forecasting capability.


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Oxitec’s solution for controlling the dengue mosquito is approved by CTNBio
Tracy Thompson | April 2014 | News/Oxitec


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The National Technical Commission for Biosecurity (CTNBio), the collegiate body responsible for approval and regulation of transgenic organisms in Brazil, today approved the commercial release of the genetically modified (GM) mosquito, OX513A, developed by Oxitec. It is the first GM insect to be considered safe for commercial use in Brazil and the latest of a long series of biotechnology approvals by CTNBio.

The Oxitec mosquito, which can be used to control the dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is a strain of the wild species that contains two additional genes. The Oxitec males (which cannot bite) are released to seek out and mate with the wild females. Their offspring inherit the additional genes and die before becoming functional adults. They also inherit a marker that is visible under a special light, making monitoring in the field simple and helping ensure that dengue mosquito control programmes succeed.

In several trials, successive releases of the Oxitec males have been shown to reduce substantially the wild population of dengue mosquitoes in the treated area.

“We are delighted that CTNBio have recognised the intrinsic safety and negligible environmental risk of Oxitec’s mosquitoes. As an innovative approach it is important to have such rigourous examination. In recent years our technology has been attracting a great deal of attention from dengue endemic countries worldwide and CTNBio’s technical opinion will be very helpful for other countries considering whether to evaluate this for their own circumstances. We feel that the beneficial environmental profile, coupled with excellent efficacy to date, make the Oxitec mosquito a valuable new tool for health authorities around the world to complement their existing efforts in tackling the mosquitoes that spread dengue fever”, said Hadyn Parry, CEO of Oxitec.

The mosquito Aedes aegypti is the main vector of dengue, a virus that infects an estimated 390 million people per year worldwide. Dengue, can cause a variety of symptoms including nausea, acute pain and fever. In the more serious cases it can develop into dengue haemorrhagic fever and can even lead to death. There is neither medication nor an approved vaccine for dengue. The dengue mosquito lives in and around the home and is known for being difficult to control. Conventional methods currently in use have shown themselves to be insufficient to prevent the spread of the disease.


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Democracy in the Pits: The Corrosive Effect of Canadian Mining Companies Worldwide
David Ravensbergen | 2014-04-16 | Desmog Canada



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Democracy in the Pits is a two-part series outlining the tarnished reputation of Canada's mining sector and the Harper government's role in supporting it. Read Part 2: How Canada Uses Foreign Aid as PR for Mining Companies.

In a recent article chronicling the demise of Canadian social democracy at the hands of the Harper Conservatives, Marianne Lenabat draws an important comparison: what the financial sector is to the United States, so are the extractive industries to Canada. The similarity isn’t just about the two sectors’ relative size or contribution to GDP, although it starts there. It’s about how each country’s respective darling industry has come to dictate government policy, even when the social harm they inflict far outweighs their economic benefits.

In both countries, the same platitudes are trotted out to justify the government’s helpless devotion: The industry is vital to the economic health of the nation. It leads the world in innovation. It creates the jobs we need to build communities of hard-working families.

In the United States, where a frenzy of speculation in the housing market spawned a global economic crisis that continues to ravage the world, the government love affair with Wall Street shows no signs of faltering. The big banks were bailed out with no significant strings attached, and the stock market is now back to record highs.

In Canada, the extractive industries enjoy a similarly cozy arrangement. The government spies on activists and meets with corporate executives to help ensure the speedy implementation of pipeline projects. The oil sands are given the green light for massive expansion, despite the indisputable fact that we need to immediately phase out fossil fuel extraction if we want to continue to enjoy a climate that remains hospitable to human life.

Just as the destructive reach of Wall Street is felt around the world, so does the impact of the Canadian extractive industries exceed the nation’s borders. The informal ambassadors for the Canadian way of life are no longer roaming around Europe or Southeast Asia with maple leaves sewn onto their backpacks. They’re hard at work on massive extractive projects in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa, where the Canadian government has begun to use its foreign aid apparatus to provide crucial support in dealing with local opposition.

Although the oil sands tend to monopolize our attention, nowhere is the unhealthy relationship between the Canadian government and the extractive industries more visible than in the toxic mix of foreign and economic policy surrounding the mining industry.

Over the course of its tenure, the Harper government has subordinated both domestic and foreign policy to the mining industry, undermining Canadian democracy at home and damaging the nation's credibility abroad.

Canada is the Miner of the World

While most people have at least heard of Canadian mining giants like Barrick Gold, what is less well known is the extent to which the global mining sector has its roots in Canadian soil. The statistics are quite surprising: more than three-quarters of all the mining companies on the planet have their headquarters in Canada.

A 2009 report by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development summarizes Canada’s dominance:

“Canadian financial markets in Toronto and Vancouver are the world’s largest source of equity capital for mining companies undertaking exploration and development. Mining and exploration companies based in Canada account for 43 percent of global exploration expenditures. In 2008, over 75 percent of the world’s exploration and mining companies were headquartered in Canada. These 1293 companies had an interest in some 7809 properties in Canada and in over 100 countries around the world…Canadian mining companies have invested over $60 billion in developing countries, including about $41 billion in Latin America (including Mexico) and almost $15 billion in Africa.”

It’s no accident that the vast majority of the world’s mining companies are based in Canada—they’re here for a reason. According to a Vice interview with Jamie Kneen, research coordinator at MiningWatch Canada, the preponderance of Canadian companies in the global mining sector can be partially attributed to a high degree of homegrown expertise in services related to the mining industry, particularly in law and finance.

But the more compelling explanation is simple: Canada is a comfortable place for mining companies to do business. As Kneen explained to Vice, it’s easy to get listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, disclosure requirements aren’t overly demanding, and the Canadian government doesn’t subject companies to too much pesky scrutiny about their activities in foreign countries.

The Dark Side of the Commodities Boom

The first decade of the 21st century was a great time to be in the mining business. Driven by a combination of increasing demand for raw materials from the rapidly growing BRICS economies and speculative hot money looking for high returns after the dot-com bubble burst, commodities underwent a decade-long boom that saw prices soar to unprecedented levels all across the board. All commodities, from wheat to uranium and everything in between, were affected by the massive price increase.

Between 2001 and 2011, the price of gold rose by 528%, silver 1130%, copper 666% and platinum 435%, to name but a few examples.


Image: Price of gold from BusinessInsider

With such a disproportionate share of mining companies flying the Canadian flag, good times for the industry meant good times for Canada. But as the decade wore on, the social costs of the mining boom became increasingly difficult to ignore. Canadian mining companies were being implicated in a range of flagrant human rights and environmental abuses around the world.

The litany of offenses is too long to catalogue, and ranges from involvement in gang rapes and massacres of anti-mining activists to the poisoning of crucial water sources for rural communities. It includes the 2009 murder of Guatemalan community leader Adolfo Ich Chamán by security forces employed by CGN, a subsidiary of Manitoba’s HudBay Minerals. Chamán was a prominent community leader involved in anti-mining protests in Guatemala. In addition to the murder of Chamán, HudBay is accused of responsibility for a 2007 gang rape of 11 women during a land dispute. Claims by 13 Mayan Guatemalans against HudBay Minerals are currently awaiting trial in Canadian courts.

By the end of 2009, the problem had become too glaring for even the industry to ignore. Research funded by the Toronto-based Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) produced a stunning report that was never published, though it was obtained by the Toronto Star. As the report claims, “Canadian mining companies are far and away the worst offenders in environmental, human rights and other abuses around the world.”

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